It is not in the least superstitious, it is even a counsel of realism, to look for the unforeseeable and unpredictable, to be prepared for and to expect “miracles” in the political realm. And the more heavily the scales are weighted in favor of disaster, the more miraculous will the deed done in freedom appear. It is men who perform miracles—men who because they have received the twofold gift of freedom and action can establish a reality of their own.
(1) - http://arthurbrooks.com/
(2) - http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/26/opinion/sunday/arthur-c-brooks-we-need-optimists.html